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Apple and Samsung move forward in the war against Smart Phone Theft

downloadThe theft of iPhones has now been coined as “Apple Picking”. However, Apple and Samsung are now taking extra measures in order to defend users from these thieves.

Recently in Ireland, figures show a decrease in many crime areas, however, an 11pc increase has been seen in the crime of ‘thefts against the person’. And nearly one in three robberies in the United States involves the theft of a mobile phone.

In the U.S.A last summer, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman held a “smartphone summit” to urge players in the smartphone industry to implement new solutions to overcome the robberies.

And last month in Ireland, a senior Garda based in Store Street Garda Station urged the public to be pro-active in keeping their phones safe. Sean Ward, Gardai Super Intendent, described the open display of new smart phones to be like “hanging €500 off the side of your ear”. There are a variety of different techniques being used by thieves to steal smart phones, which include using bicycles to quickly fly by and primarily target female pedestrians.

The new iOS 7 feature for Apple products includes a new security feature called Activation Lock that automatically works for free, in sync with the Find My Phone feature.The Find My iPhone feature is built into iOS 7 and can be enabled in the Settings page. Activation Lock essentially connects your devices to your Apple ID.

Criminals who steal phones, as a general rule, “wipe” the phone of all extra files and apps in order to sell it on. But now any thief who attempts to turn off Find My iPhone, erase the device, or reset the device will be required to enter the Apple ID and password.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 smartphone includes the Absolute software which allows the phone’s owner to remotely delete important files from the phone and also lock the phone down, rendering it useless to thieves.

If you lose your iPhone or if it is stolen, Apple advises trying to locate the device using Find My iPhone. You can also activate the device’s “Lost Mode,” and keep track of its location and indicate to anyone who comes across it that the device was lost or stolen. And you can also wipe personal information from your missing device, remotely.

What measures do you take to keep your Smart Phone safe? Let us know at 4pm!

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4pm and Acquaint: Keeping you in the Loop!

Take Control of your inbox!

With the introduction of the government’s Help to Buy scheme and anticipation of all MagnifyOutlookthose extra registrations why not allow Acquaint to help you maintain your email Inbox? Process Outlook Emails is a function that scans through your Microsoft Outlook Inbox and Sent Items folders and automatically creates Applicant Contacts and imports emails that have been sent and received from Contacts. Online Referencing Guarantee faster turn arounds with Online Referencing. Run Online Reference checks through Acquaint using Van Mildert Tenant Referencing services. It’s free to use in Acquaint just sign-up to Van Mildert’s services by calling 0191 256 0920.

Social Networking Made Easy

Many more agents are engaging through Social Networking sites including Facebook, Linked In and Twitter. Our Portal Uploading service is the quickest and easiest way to get your Properties onto your Social Networks. What’s more you can even post your own news article straight to your website helping you to engage with your audience, keep content fresh whilst also moving traffic to your website and adding to Search-Engine Optimisation (SEO) at the same time.

Quick Tip – Deposit Refunds

So you’re checking out a Tenant and noticed they’ve spilt ketchup on the living room carpet. How do you handle the deposit refund? Go to the Tenant’s record and select the Tenancy. Click the Menu button and choose Check-Out.
Charge the Tenant by clicking Add in the Deductions to Pay to Landlord section. Choose a suitable product such as ‘Professional Cleaning’ and adjust the amount. Save, Add Utility Readings and Forward Address as required then Save.

Watermarks

Tired of seeing photos you’ve taken the time and effort to take and crop and edit appearing on your competitors website? Well we’ve come up with a neat way to stop culprits before they can start. We’ve added a new feature which means you can emblazon your photos with a watermark. You’ll see this plus some more nifty features in the latest release of Acquaint. If you have an Acquaint built website and want to watermark all your existing photos we recommend giving us a call first.

Most of our client base comes from referrals, we’re more than happy to repay the favour! Refer a friend to Acquaint and we will reward the referor!

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iPhone 5S, 5C to be released in several more countries the 25th if October

The two phones will spread beyond the 11 countries and regions where they’re currentlyimages12345 available to the likes of Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and many more.

The iPhone 5S and 5C will arrive in more than 30 more countries on the 25th of October, Apple announced Wednesday.

The list of countries to receive this phone are as follows: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand.

The 5S and 5C will continue their spread on November 1 as they reach Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

The two phones can currently only be purchased in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Will you be buying the iPhone 5S or 5C? Or will you be sticking to your old phone? Let us know at 4pm!

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Microsoft investors want Bill Gates to step down as chairperson

Bill GatesThree of the twenty largest investors in Microsoft are driving for the company’s co-founder and front man, Bill Gates to be ousted as chairman due to concerns of him wielding too much influence over the company.

The three investors previously mentioned hold more than 5% of the company’s stock, while Gates himself owns 4.5% of the company and is its largest individual shareholder.

Sources have reported that key shareholders are pushing Microsoft’s board for Gates to step down. They are concerned that, in this role, Gates is preventing the adoption of new strategies and also that he will limit the ability of the next-appointed CEO to make changes.

What’s you’re opinion on the matter? Let us know what you think at 4pm

Samsung Galaxy integrating with Blackberry Messenger

BlackBerry Messenger to be integrated with Samsung Galaxy

Several TV ads hinting at the combination of BBM with Samsung Galaxy were spotted on the African showing of the Man Utd v Chelsea game.

The collaboration was further hinted at when Samsung Ghana hinted that “another messenger is coming soon” on their Facebook page.

This latest collaboration would see BlackBerry Messenger being Samsung Galaxy integrating with Blackberry Messengerintegrated with currently one of the most popular smartphones companies available. BlackBerry Ltd has struggled in the competitive smartphone market and has seen its market share dwindle away from the previous heights that they achieved when BBM was first launched.

Do you think this collaboration will take the smartphone market by storm or is the time of BBM well and truly over, let us at 4pm know what you think?